Steve McQueen to produce two BBC documentaries designed during filming Small ax. One will examine black power in Britain, while the second film examines how black children in the 1960s and 1970s were disproportionately sent to schools for what is called “under-education.” normal.
Black power (working title) is led by BAFTA nominee George Amponsah (Hard stop) and examines how the movement came about in the late 1960s, when it fought against police brutality and racism. The film will include rare footage of the activities of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael in Britain, as well as footage of figures from the movement in the UK, including Altheia Jones-LeCointe, Darcus Howe and Roy Sawh.
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Subnormal is led by new talent Lyttanya Shannon. It tells the story of the British schools scandal through the eyes of black parents, teachers and activists who have come together to speak out against injustice and force the education system to change.
The 60-minute films are produced by Lammas Park, Rogan Productions and Turbine Studios. They are produced by McQueen, James Rogan, Tracey Scoffield and Soleta Rogan, while the main producer is Helen Bart. BBC Studios will distribute internationally.
McQueen said, “Looking at the past is an indication of what we have accomplished today. These two documentaries show us how far we still have to travel for freedom and justice.
Charlotte Moore, BBC Content Manager, added: “These are important stories from our recent history that still resonate today. Steve McQueen assembled a talented team of creatives to make these two documentaries that shine a light on the experiences of black youth from the 1960s and 1970s, sharing rare archives and allowing us to hear firsthand from key people, many of whom are premiering. times. . “